Sector Group Manager

  • Brussels
  • as soon as possible
  • Vollzeit

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Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, is both the forum and voice of the European chemical industry. It aims to maintain and develop a prosperous chemical industry in Europe by promoting the best possible economic, social and environmental conditions to bring benefits to society.

The chemical industry is a € 500+ billion industry, providing over 1 million direct jobs and nearly 2.5 million indirect jobs in Europe. The chemical industry is the “Industry of Things”. The industry's products are essential to 95% of everything manufactured: hygiene, health, mobility, construction, computers and electronics all rely on the chemical industry.   The sector is also critical to meeting future needs, such as developing energy sources or managing scarce resources. The chemical industry is essential for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Cefic is located in Brussels to represent the industry vis-à-vis EU institutions and involve member federations and companies in European advocacy.  We employ more than 150 people.

For its Specialty Chemicals department, Cefic is looking for a (m/f):

Sector Group Manager

Mission of the role:

The manager will be responsible for working closely with a dynamic team of professionals focused on providing support to Cefic Specialty Chemicals Sector Groups, on REACH, CLP and EFSA related dossiers.

Are you inspired by these responsibilities?

You will:

  • Contribute to the development of winning strategies, actively implementing the plans either individually or as part of a wider team and with company members/sector group managers;
  • Provide advocacy support to different Sector Groups and should be able to work at any one time on a variety of different issues;
  • Coordinate and collaborate within the Cefic secretariat drawing on the expertise and experience of colleagues in different disciplines;
  • Operate with established advocacy networks of companies, national federations and associate organizations in the implementation of advocacy strategies;
  • Take ownership and develop clear project management timelines and ensure that all involved participants respect agreed deadlines;
  • Report regularly on project progress to senior management and/or members;
  • Maintain and develop close working relations with officials of the European Commission, European Parliament, Member States Permanent Representations as well as national experts;
  • Maintain and further develop media networking, and stakeholders at the Brussels, EU and international level;
  • Monitor developments, ensure alignment of positions, prepare advocacy materials, contribute to the issue management process and to the advocacy database;
  • Design and execute relevant events (e.g. at ECHA, European Parliament, etc.) as appropriate;
  • Respond to inquiries from members and policy representatives in accordance with industry’s confidentiality standards.

Can you make the difference?

The successful candidate will be a highly experienced professional who demonstrates the following experience and competencies:

  • Master’s degree in political sciences, law, or chemistry;
  • Minimum of 3- 5 years proven successful experience in European Public Affairs, preferably in industry related topics or relevant experience working in the political arena;
  • Strong knowledge of the EU legislative process (ordinary and delegated) process, and experience working on chemical related legislation is seen as an advantage;
  • Project management skills, strong leadership and result oriented team player with pronounced customer focus;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Excellent level of English, written and spoken. Fluency in German is highly desirable and knowledge of other languages is an asset;
  • Ability to clearly and concisely express ideas/concepts, to adjust language and style to specific target audiences, and to deliver structured and convincing group presentations are essential;  
  • Ability to construct and communicate coherent arguments from complex technical/scientific data.

Required personal qualities:

  • Good leadership skills and ability to develop consensus of diverging opinions;
  • Strategic and analytical thinker with service and customer orientation;
  • Willing to travel for business;
  • A good team player, able to multitask and manage different priorities when working independently;
  • Passionate about conscientious work and attention to detail;
  • Curious, fast learning and willing to improve continuously.

Are you interested?

Please send your application with full curriculum vitae, quoting the reference SGM-DE, before 27 September 2019 to:

Cefic, Jessica Bart-Williams, HR Assistant, Rue Belliard 40, b15, 1040 Brussels.

E-mail address: jobs@cefic.be

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